BrewDog hungry for more as maiden NW bar opens

BrewDog set for expansion

AN independent craft brewery business is opening its first North West bar and is already looking for more sites in the North.

BrewDog, which is backed by more than 5,000 small shareholders, is opening on Peter Street in Manchester on Friday.

Bucking the trend in the pub sector, the Scottish company, has its own brewery and had opened six other sites including in London since it was launched five years ago by schoolfriends James Watt and Martin Dickie.

Operations manager Martin Dempster told “BrewDog is new and fresh and we are looking at other locations such as Liverpool and Leeds – where we have already identified a site.

“The BrewDog experience is completely different and is very much based in being experimental in terms of the product and taste – we don’t sell the mainstream brands at all.

“The London bar in Camden has been very successful and we’re already looking for another site in the city.”

The Manchester bar, which has created 10 jobs, is BrewDog’s seventh site and its third opening south of the border in the last six months.

Manchester law firm Kuits Solicitors advised BrewDog on the opening, with property partner Martin Davies and Anthony Lyons and Felicity Harris-Knott from the licensing team acting.

Mr Davies said: “BrewDog is a company which excites us.  They have established a simple craft beer concept which differentiates them within the traditional pub and bar market place.”

Anthony Lyons, added: “There has been speculation about the reinvigoration of the Peter Street area and BrewDog will certainly bring a new lease of life.”